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In the News, October 2021

New York Review of Books: The Glories of Aksum
Recent studies of medieval Ethiopia are a timely reminder of a Christianity wider than Europe. An upcoming co-edited book by Christine Shepardson, Lindsay Young Professor and head of the Department of Religious Studies, is mentioned.

CNN: How rats survive major floods and hurricanes
In the wake of major storms, the devastating toll on humans is well known, but what happens to rats? This story features research by Mike Blum, professor of ecology, and his colleagues Bruno Ghersi Anna Peterson.

Science: Perseverance rover reveals an ancient delta-lake system and flood deposits at Jezero crater, Mars
Observations from orbital spacecraft have shown that Jezero crater, Mars, contains a prominent fan-shaped body of sedimentary rock deposited at its western margin. The Perseverance rover landed in Jezero crater in February 2021. Professor Linda Kah in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is part of the team.

The Physiologist Magazine: Eyes Wide Open
Sleep is fundamental to human physiology, but we don’t know very much about it and most of us are not getting enough. Ralph Lydic, professor of psychology, discusses the importance of sleep for our physiology, cognition, and emotions.

WATE-TV: Tennessee alumna wins second Tony Award for ‘The Inheritance’
A University of Tennessee alumna won her second Tony Award in three years earlier this week. On Sept. 26, Ashlee Latimer won her second Tony Award for her work co-producing the play, The Inheritance. Her first Tony win came in 2018 from work co-producing the revival of the musical play Once on This Island. …The Hollywood Reporter rated The University of Tennessee’s theatre program as the 13th best in the world earlier this year, ahead of schools like Northwestern and Columbia.

Kansas City Star:  Ancient art uncovered in dark, dangerous zones of southeastern US caves
Miles below the Earth’s surface are some of the most dangerous caves in the southeastern U.S. “You are in an alien world,” Jan Simek, archaeologist and anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, told McClatchy News. “It’s a very different world than we live in. A dangerous world, in fact. Your perceptions are different. Your experiences are different.”